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October 23, 2015

Raise your spirits at 10 local Halloween parties

From dance-a-thons to movie marathons

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Halloween File Art/for PhillyVoice

Happy Halloween!

Who says Halloween is just for kids? Plenty of local bars, museums and concert halls will be hosting spirited events for grown-ups. Gather up a group of friends and come up with a funny costume, then head out on the town. Just don't expect to take candy from strangers. You're an adult. 

Mischief at the Mütter

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The Hyrtl Skull Collection at the Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians. (George Widman/Mütter Museum)

One of Philadelphia's creepiest venues is obviously going to have a killer Halloween party. Attendees will have full access to the museum and tickets include one beer and complimentary snacks. DJ Joel Payton will be spinning the tunes and spirited dress is encouraged. The museum's fennel ginger saison and sugar pumpkin brews will also be available. VIP upgrades grant access to an early happy hour, museum membership and swag bags. This event is 21 and over.

Thursday, October 29
6-10 p.m. | $10-85
The Mütter Museum
19 S. 22nd St.
(215) 560-8564

Harry Potter and the Deathly Quizzo

Lord Voldemort
In this film publicity image released by Warner Bros. Pictures, Ralph Fiennes portrays Lord Voldemort in a scene from "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2." (Warner Bros./Associated Press)

Ease into the holiday with a night of Harry Potter-themed quizzo. Food and drink specials will accompany multiple rounds of quizzo. Prizes will be awarded to the first and second place teams, best team name and best costume.

Thursday, October 29
7:30 p.m.-midnight | Pay as you go
The Victoria Freehouse
10 S. Front St.
(215) 543-6089

Nightmare on 11th Street & Superheroes vs. Villains

Yakitori Boy is doubling up on parties for the holiday. From 5 p.m. to close on Friday, Oct. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 31, they'll host food, drink and karaoke specials like Halloween Sangria, eyeball shooters and $2 songs. Friday's theme will be "Nightmare On 11th Street" and guests should show up in their scariest costumes for the chance to win $100. Saturday guests will dress up as superheroes or villains for the chance to win $200. This event is 21 and over.

Friday, October 30 and Saturday, October 31
5 p.m.-close | Pay as you go
Yakitori Boy
211 N. 11th St.
(215) 923-8088

True Tales from the Tombs: Mischief Night by Firelight

Laurel Hill Cemetery
Laurel Hill Cemetery does not conform to the typical “spooky” graveyard stereotype thanks to its green landscape, breathtaking views and beautiful sculptures and architecture. (R. Kennedy/Visit Philadelphia)

Take a tour of the Laurel Hill Cemetery's historic grounds and learn about its most memorable residents. The Not Ready for the After-Life Players will lead troupes on a creepy candlelit tour through the cemetery for a night of ghost stories. Be sure to bring your own flashlight and enjoy hot cider and cookies afterward. Tours last about one hour and depart every half hour from 7-9:30 p.m.

Friday, October 30
7-9:30 p.m. | $20
Laurel Hill Cemetery 
3822 Ridge Ave.
(215) 228-8200

The Black Magic Bash

Magic Gardens
Visitors stand in awe of Isaiah Zagar’s artistic wonderland, Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, located on South Street. (R. Kennedy/Visit Philadelphia)

Philadelphia Magic Gardens' Isaiah Zagar welcomes guests to Watkins Warehouse, one of his many mosaic masterpieces. The West Philadephia Orchestra will provide live music for the night while Barbacoa brings delicious Mexican fare. Costumes are required, so you might as well step into the Poseybooth to snap a few photos while you're there, too. This event is 21 and over and tickets must be purchased in advance.

Saturday, October 31
7-10 p.m. | $65 general admission, $55 for Philadelphia Magic Gardens members
Watkins Warehouse
1002 Watkins St.
(215) 733-0390 

The Boogey Man: A Halloween Dance Party

A night of disco and boogey will lead boys and ghouls onto the dance floor of The Trestle Inn. First they'll screen 1980's "The Boogeyman" before DJs join the party at 10 p.m. Go Go by Trestle Specials Ruby Tombstone & Ghouldie Dawn will be in attendance and guests are encouraged to join a costume contest. An open bar will be available from 8-10 p.m. for $20 and includes the Bourbon Pumpkin Cocktail, Boogeywide Cocktail, Happy Hour Whiskey Sour, draft beer and well spirits with a single mixer. This event is 21 and over.

Saturday, October 31
8 p.m.-2 a.m. | $10 without open bar
The Trestle Inn
339 N. 11th St.
(267) 239-0290

TJ Kong Halloween Murder Show VI

This yearly costume extravaganza is sure to keep you pumped up through the night. It features six bands on two stages including TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb, Satellite Hearts, Pine Barons, Mercury Radio Theater and Ali Wadsworth and friends performing Aerosmith covers. This event is 21 and over.

Saturday, October 31
8 p.m. | $15
Underground Arts
1200 Callowhill St.

Unknown Pleasures

The Halloween edition of the Dolphin Tavern's monthly Joy Division night erupts on Mischief Night. DJs Littlespaceyy and Ian Galloway will be playing goth, post-punk and cold-wave bands like The Smiths and New Order for the 21-and-up crowd. Costumes are encouraged. 

Friday, October 30
10 p.m.-2 a.m. | $5 (Free before 10 p.m.)
The Dolphin Tavern
1539 Broad St.
(215) 278-7950

A Very Scary Sleepover: Wes Craven's Halloween Nightmare

Awesome Fest and the Philadelphia Film Festival have teamed up to pay a huge tribute to late writer and director Wes Craven. They'll host a 19-hour marathon of Craven's films, starting off with his debut feature "The Last House on the Left." The tribute will include "The Hills Have Eyes," "Scream" with actor Jamie Kennedy in attendance, and a "Nightmare on Elm Street" marathon. Ox Coffee will be providing free java all through the night.

Saturday, October 31
11 a.m.-6 a.m. Sunday | $25 general admission, $20 for PFS and FringeArts members, free for PFF badge holders
Prince Theater
1412 Chestnut St.
(267) 239-2941

5th Annual Halloween Bash at Twisted Tail

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Lux Arati fire dancers will appear at Twisted Tail. (J. Allen/Handout Art)

Twisted Tail is located in one of the city's oldest buildings to hold a tavern, making it the perfect place to host a spooky Halloween party. The "Old Western Ghost Town" themed event will include a costume contest for scariest, sexiest and most original costumes, burlesque dancers, fortune tellers and music by Dean Shot and the Solid Senders. Fire dancers from Lux Arati will perform outside from 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. and the "Witching Hour" between 11 p.m. and midnight will include rapidly rotating drink specials. The upstairs party will be 21 and older only.

Saturday, October 31
9 p.m.-2 a.m. | Free admission
The Twisted Tail
509 S. 2nd St.
(215) 558-2471